Imperial Frambozen | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.89/5
Very Good
23 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kell50 on 06-27-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,169
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
23
pDev:
6.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours the color of Dr. Pepper, with the slight hint of raspberry juice infusing the cola color; dots of lacing line the glass

Smell: The cocoa powdered tone is intense and is balanced out by the raspberry juice

Taste: On the palate, the predominance of the cocoa powder is reversed, with the raspberry driving the flavor profile; it is not sweet nor is it particularly tart, but the cocoa is almost an afterthought

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was excited to try this as I really like the base beer (unlike many on BA) and was hoping this would amp up the malt character; unfortunately, it was a let down, though I did enjoy the aromatics

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Photo of rarigney
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tinypalozza 3/24/2018

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Photo of bbtkd
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Imperial Frambozen, 8.5% ABV, 13 IBU. Pours deep red with a one finger beige head. Nose is raspberry and chocolate, taste follows, slightly tart, no bitterness, slight sweetness. Decent mouthfeel though a bit watery and over-carbonated, overall very excellent.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rmiles
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The mixture of the raspberry with chocolate is quite impressive. It’s very flavorful and smooth. I was quite taken with this beer while at NBB and bought a bottle to take home and explore further.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before October 21st 2018.

Pours a really dark amber red, loads of off white foam, lacing running amok.

Still the smell of raspberries like in the regular Frambozen. Cocoa and vanilla, running a distant 3rd. I was kinda hoping for this. The regular was one of my favourite seasonals.

Raspberry tartness up front, cocoa and a distant vanilla follow up. The 2 added tastes are there but still let the fruit shine through.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

I like this a lot but the added alcohol and flavours aren't, imho, worth the trouble. Regular Frambozen is my preference.

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Photo of Tbulling
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a murky, brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of cocoa, vanilla and raspberry. Raspberry flavor is less strong than the original. Nice cocoa and vanilla notes.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A highly involved collection of flavors align with a simple and seamless palate for a yin and yang of sour, savory and sweetness in only the way that the brewers at New Belgium can provide- perfect for holiday feasts and cold weather cuisine.

Dark, blood red and garnet, Imperial Frambozen carries the hues of black cherry juice quite well. Its zesty and light froth is tarnish in color while leading with the tart fruit, savory cocoa and candied backdrop to suggest an overall composition of chocolate covered raspberries. Malty sweet on the early palate, the ale leads with pulled candy, fruit rollup and an overall berry cola upstart.

As the sweetness slowly relaxes, the tartness of fruit and fermentae springs to life with the tang and tartness that raspberry, cherry and cranberry all share. Peppery and and sharp, the middle palate balances with the tannic fruit skins and seeds and light hopping rates that add a spice to offset the savory fruits and the lasting sweetness. An aura of chocolate engulfs the session from sip to finish with a raw cocoa, bittersweet character that, along with a light marzipan character, soothes the palate and gives the ale a sweet dessert-like tilt.

Medium bodied but trending fuller with the chocolate and residual malt contibution, the ale also seems lightened by its tartness and tangy fruit impressions. Medium long on the after palate, the ale lingers with berry cola and a pep of red wine and virtually no alcohol warmth to close.

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Photo of Gdobber
4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwmoore
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RDW
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium creamy pink tan head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet and slightly tart raspberries and rich chocolate.

The flavor is sweet and tart raspberry with milky chocolate in the background and a bit of a roasty tart zing in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, nice chocolate and raspberry but some slightly odd flavors. It would be interesting to taste this side by side with the original Frambozen.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber for about 9 bucks into standard pint.
Good looking deep brown almost can see the ruby tint to it from the raspberry.
Aroma is also a very good blend of cocoa and raspberry that doesn't smell of just syrup.
Flavors mend pretty well but are overall light and watery. Some sweet raspberry jam meets some fairly sweet cocoa powder but both kind of cancel each other out.
Body is light and smooth almost watery.

Overall not sure if I like or would get this again since flavors are light but do not clash. Kind of forgettable...

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knobs303
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice ruby color, head is huge with a pink hue to it. Raspberry aroma. Flavor is sweet raspberry, almost a touch too sweet with cocoa flavors as well. This is not bad but it does feel a bit artificial.

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Imperial Frambozen from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 23 ratings