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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured a clear brown color with a ruby tint and small tan head. Aroma of caramel and sweet raspberry pastry. Flavor is sweet and malty with lightly tart muted raspberry on the finish. Finish is somewhat thin.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2005
A wonderful departure from your typical wheat-based respberry ale. The brown ale appearance may be off-putting for some, but the relatively assertive raspberry aromas and flavors more than make up for it. More hop character than one might usually associate with a fruit beer, but very smooth. The only thing keeping me from giving this beer a higher overall rating is that is suffers from the same flavor inconsistencies that can be seen in other NBB offerings--no two bottles seem to drink the same, possibly due to variations in the fruit, in this case.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
It is exactly what it says it is. Nice raspberry flavors swirl around a tangy hops bite. Wonderfully tasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
What a "mixed bag" this beer is!. Smoooth and lovely, nice head, good lacing, and a wierd smell and taste. With a chocolate cheesecake or a smooth, not overly-sweet desert, this would be okay. Iím not crazy about raspberries, and raspberries are WAY UP FRONT in this brew. At the brewery, on tap, this one was listed on 28 Dec, 2004, as 7.07% ABV (TWO decimal points!), which is different from what is indicated on the bottled versions. In short, if you like chocolate covered raspberries, youíre gonna LOVE this beer, because those two flavors are all you find here. Only enough hops (the guy at the brewery said only Magnum hops are used in Frambozen) to keep a tiny bit of bitter-sour balance: measures only 16 International Bitterness Units. By contrast, SIX kinds of malt are used: Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-40, C-80 and Munich. Lambic lovers should love this, I suppose.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4623) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2005
12 oz bottle. Thick rocky gouts of foam top the clear, very dark ruby-magenta body...nose expected fresh berries, sour and not-quite ripe with a light overlay of dark chocolate...alas the flavor does not hold up...tartness and sourness are fine, but the fruit is muted and the average brown ale malt character underlying it all is boring and pedestrian...finish rather flat, sour and a touch metallic. A letdown.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3442) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Thanks to csbosox for sending this a while back. Clear deeply colored brown body that has a deep red running through it. On top is a generous head of creamy blush that coats the glass as it relaxes and slips below. Tart fruit and cream aroma. Smooth slightly sweet with a touch of fruit that adds but doesnít over power the malt. Alcohol completely hidden in this. Well balanced, not too tart or too sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle courtesty of csbosox: Brown body that turns to a brilliant ruby (as uriel noted) when held to the light; small light tan head. Aroma smells exactly like hot wort before the hops have been added mixed with snapple raspberry iced tea. Thatís caramel, amber liquid malt extract, cereal grains, freshly milled malt, raspberry syrup, and a hint of brown sugar. On the light end of medium bodied, slick, medium lively carbonation. Taste is exactly what you would expect from the aroma: sweet, syrupy malt extract, grains, fresh malt, light chocolate notes in the background, syrupy sweet raspberry, mild bitter tea flavors. Finishes pretty dry with notes of cereal and raspberry. I like it, but just canít get over the fact that it takes almost identical to drinking wort.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Aroma is of a maly brown ale with some fruit aroma. Body is brown with no head. Lacked the sweet tart bite of most frambozen beer Iíve had. Flavor had a hint of raspberry and the malt made this beer rich enough to leave a roasted ale flavor on the palate. Decent brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
Gorgeous brown color that turns ruby as you look through the glass at a light. Has a lot of raspberry aroma, with more sweet aromas that may still be the raspberry. Itís otherwise a fairly typical brown ale thatís nicely malty and not very hoppy. I like it a lot, but Iím a big fan of fruity beers. If you like fruity beers, itís a good one, but if youíre not fond ofíem, send yours to me. :)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
Pours a fantastic ruddy brown color with a quickly evaporating tan head. Syrupy sweet raspberry aroma overpowers any other "beer" smell other than a hint of hops. Flavor is that of a pretty standard brown ale infused with a lingering raspberry flavor that eventually fades, leaving the burnt brown ale flavor behind. Itís pretty tastey, even if itís not that complex.


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