Raspberry Frambozen | Steamworks Brewing Company

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Steamworks Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by canucklehead on 07-01-2005

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 14
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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Lots of steampunk brewing imagery depicted on the embossed graphics label.

This beer pours a clear, medium magenta colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some decent layered low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of musty, underdeveloped raspberries, grainy and lightly biscuity pale malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, and really not much else. The taste is bready, mildly crackery pale malt, a growing raspberry pie fruitiness, gritty yeast, perhaps a suggestion of clover honey, a weak flinty stoniness, and plain leafy, weedy hop bitters.

The bubbles are fairly tame in their equally playful and perfunctory frothiness, the body on the low side of your typical middleweight, and generally smooth, the raspberry essence here not really capable of messing things up. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the malt starting to think about announcing that it is giving up the ghost, with the now ethereal raspberry fruitiness having tapped out a long time ago.

Overall, not a bad fruity craft brew, but the middling nature of the raspberries that enable this brewery's temerity to use the 'Frambozen' moniker precludes me from getting particularly florid here. Easy enough to put back, I guess, especially with the well-integrated booze sort of laughing at my naivete - I can't smell or taste it, so why should I even worry, right?

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Pink coloured body with a thin white head. Real raspberry aromas. Initially tart and promissing, a lot of sugar and malt base behind it made this one go the other way. i wanted the tartness. Average mouthfeel, decent drinkability.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Steamworks Frambozen
22 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "6224"
$8.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

Appearance: Deep amber with a reddish cast and orange highlights beneath a creamy pink head of foam. The head retention is limited, as is the lacing.

Aroma: Limited but pleasant aroma of berries over a soft malt base.

Flavor: Semi-sweet and just subtly tart raspberry atop a straightforward golden malt base with just a touch of bitterness and some very mild leafy/grassy hops. It's more sweet at the front of the mouth, then more tart and bitter at the swallow, but overall quite similar straight through. It finishes dry with a drop of honey-water sweet fruitiness and some minor leafy and grassy hops that all fade steadily away. The alcohol never appears, but at 7% it shouldn't. Really nicely rounded and polished. Superb balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and remarkably smooth with a very fine-bubbled moderate carbonation.

Overall: Middle of the road in berry flavor, sweetness, and tartness but at the same time probably more accessible to the masses, and actually flawlessly balanced. At the very least it doesn't make the mistake of being: 1) too sweet 2) too tart 3) too fruity 4) too malty 5) too wheat - no wheat at all! 6) too hoppy 7) too bitter 8) too carbonated... and so on. One of the better raspberry ales I've tasted. I think the bigger size, and the alcohol that goes with it probably help with that. Worth trying.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.24/5  rDev -10%

Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of souvenirs
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, $5.50 + deposit at the BC Liquor Store at 8th and Cambie, Vancouver.

Appearance: very appealing red/pink colour. A bit cloudy. Obvious carbonation. Smallish white/slightly pinkish head.

Smell: raspberry, sweet and tart, a little bit yeasty.

Taste: less sweet than I'd expected, and I'm glad. I was worried this was going to be too sweet, but if anything, it could be a TINY bit sweeter.

Mouthfeel: light and fizzy. Very refreshing.

Would I buy it again? Definitely.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jeremy7
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kaufmaal
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of LampertLand
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nose of faint malt, berries, maybe some wheat. Taste slight fruit, wood, & sugar. Very thin and light.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Svingjo
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of CeraKathleen
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of teromous
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body has an interesting shade of brown with a pink to light red tint. The head is white with a hint of pink which fades quickly. The body is hazy but I can make shapes through it.

Aroma: At first whiff I picked up a very present hop aroma, then the aroma of alcohol followed, and a very rich candy malt aroma floods in. It has a really sweet smelling aroma, like smelling raw malt syrup. The aroma reminds me of something I would personally drink during the Christmas holiday season.

Taste: I'm happy to report that it tastes like raspberries. It has a natural flavor to it. I don't know if there are any artificial flavors used in this beer but it tastes like actual raspberries. There is a bit of malt sweetness following the light tangy raspberry flavor. At the end I am picking up some hop character too. It's a good tasting beer but it's a bit muddy. There is an obvious alcohol presence that keeps popping out and is unwelcome in a paltry 7% beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a good body to it which supports the beer well, but it feels wholly under-carbonated.

Overall: It's an interesting beer for sure. It had a good raspberry flavor but it was pretty muddy and didn't have ample carbonation to pop anything particular out of the background. It's not a beer I would look for again but I am enjoying it while I have it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive reddish amber with a fine-grained foam in the Maredsous goblet. Warm and malty, but not overly sweet. A woody taste along with the fruit.

Really pleasant raspberry taste with a tangy note. Finishes with a dry edge and just a hint of hops. Yeasty and fruity with a slight buttery note. A nice surprise, and really a decent interpretation of the Belgian brown ale with fruit. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of smekermann
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/9/15

A glows a ruby red with lots of fast tiny bubbles feeding a short lived light pink head that leaves no lace

S sour cherries and tart raspberries, not sure what celeia hops are but I'm getting some noble notes, some strange metallic notes and dry cereal

T earthy notes a little weedy, some booze most of what I smell is there with a little less fruit

M medium bodied, a little gritty, on the palate, enough bubbles to fluff it up, sticky on the lips

O not bad but a little average, some strange notes popping up and a little boozy at times

Nothing to write home about but I'm not going to have any trouble finishing the bottle either, just another fruit beer

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Hornet2003
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Steamworks pub in Park Royal, West Van.

This beer pours with no head and a beautiful deep ruby red raspberry colour. It smells like raspberries and a bit of a belgiany yeasty aroma. The taste is very bitter. It thought the beer would be a little sweeter, being a fruit beer and all. Very cloying and bitter on the tongue meaning this is tough to drink more than one.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a tulip glass with the reddest colour I have seen in a while. The head was pinkish but the beer looked great. The nose was fruity but not too pronouced. The taste was a nice mix between commercial sweet and artisan sour. Very drinkable and well crafted, this is a different challenge for a Summer Seasonal.

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Raspberry Frambozen from Steamworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 40 ratings