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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Frambozen begins with the aroma of fresh red raspberries, followed by the ripe seductiveness of a fruity brown ale with depth and delicate malt notes. It is deep ruby in color, with flavors just as rich. Every year, New Belgium sends a delegate to the Pacific Northwest to oversee the process of turning freshly picked berries into a pure juice to be added in fermentation. The coming of Thanksgiving at New Belgium is ushered in with the first sighting of our cellar operators scuttling about, covered head to tow in a festive crimson berry wash.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Redish color, white head goes away quickly. The aroma is pretty subtle. Some maltiness and maybe some raspberry, I expected the smell to be more pronounced. (It is not as subtle now that the beer has warmed a bit. In fact the raspberry comes through a lot more now that it is at 48 degrees.) The flavor is balanced between malty and hoppy, though those flavors transform into a nice, easy raspberry flavor. The raspberry taste stays with you . My bottle indicates the Alc% as 6.5%, but you would never guess it. It also says you should taste it at 50 degrees, they are right, it is a much better beer that way. This would be great with a chocolate dessert.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Pours a cloudy hue with a halo of a head. Aromas of raspberries. Mouthfeel is light-bodied. Flavors of raspberries with a alight hop profile and not much else.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2004
This brew pours with an amber brown body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is sweet and full of raspberry with a slight maltiness. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a touch of raspberry and a little nuttiness. Meidum bodied and smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2004
pours with a diminishing, crimson-hued head; wine, red raspberry, and yeast in the fairly weak nose; pretty subtle berry flavor over a sweet, wal-nutty malt base; somewhat sour and tart; alcohol is barely percepable; lacks depth and complexity, but it’s damn good for a fruit beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
In terms of beers that include fruit in the mix, I would place this beer ahead of many others I have tried. The raspberry essence works well with this brown ale (it even has a tinge of the purple/red raspberry shade to it).

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 26, 2004
bottled. luckily i don´t mind raspberry cordial but i still don´t think it should be the single dominant aroma and flavour in a beer. very little character here, i guess you could say the alcohol is disguised but really it seems to have no guts and no real beery character. the most overrated brewery in america

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1808) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2004
12oz. bottle: The beer pours a reddish-brown color. Not too much head, which doesn’t linger. What was there had a bit of a reddish-tan tinge to it. Aroma is pretty much that of tart raspberries. The taste of tart raspberries is the most evident, but not overly done. A bit of a neutral brown ale supporting it. Definitely another acquired taste, but this was pretty good!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle. Yipes, not too good. Sweet sticky rasberry cola and brown sugar. Tasted like rasbery cordial on top of a below average brwon ale. I seriously have my doubts about New belgium.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 They say it all in the description; if this beer did not have the solid (outstanding) brown ale base this beer would suck. Best Part is the red/brown fluffy head that rises from this beer. Aroma of.. no way... Raspberry’s, wow... also nice roast malt hint. Flavor of tart unsweetened raspberries, roast malt, and a crisp slight hop finish in the end. Enjoyable during the Holiday season. (Updated From 3.5)

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Very strange, very strange indeed. A small disappearing head atop a murky brown-red body. Smells like red raspberries (and if you’ve only had red raspberries, you haven’t truly lived.) At any rate, the tart acidic smell of red raspberries. Mouthfeel thin but adequate. Taste is mostly sweet, syrupy-tart fruit with the malt coming in at the end to clean up the finish. I can’t say I disliked this, yet it didn’t strike a chord with me.


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