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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
What the hell did I write down? Red wings??? OH well, this was nice, but nothing too special -- pretty ruby color, light taste/aroma of raspberries. Thanks, Regal!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5952) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Grapevine Market - Austin, Tx - 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark red to purple with a frothy off white head with a good coat of lacing. Aroma is sweet and raspberry like at first but turns slightly cloying and toe-jam like near the end. Flavor has some chocolate notes with some bold raspberry tints as well. Faint wisps of alcohol comes through as well. All in all, the flavor is much better than the aroma. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and somewhat chewy. Overall decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Pours a very dark "wine red". Small off white head. Aroma is of raspberries. Flavor is roasted sweet malt, with a raspberry acidic "twang" to it. Interesting brew, thanks to JPDipso for this one!

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2005
bottle. bark brownish red with a fluffed pink tinted white head. warm rubber cherry aroma. malt backbone is evident in this. the bite of the raspberries are very noticeable. finish is unpleasant however, leaves a raw burnt grain taste. not enough raspberry flavor in this.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 2004 bottle compliments of csbosox who sent an incredible assortment of stuff Iíve never tried. Anyways, I got all excited before opening this only to have the usual New Belgium disappointment. I donít know what it is, they filter the absolute lifeblood out of this. They should win an award for most filtered beers. Beyond that itís got a decent raspberry and brown caramel and toffee malt flavor, but itís just so mediocre. Like a brown ale with a touch of raspberry puree. Great color, aside from being absolutely clear. Aroma of caramel, tobacco, maple and raspberry. Too much hops as well, on the end; a very dry bitterness without any real sweetness, just some fruit acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Pours brownish-garnet color. Medium head and a bit of lacing. Tastes like over ripe raspberries almost to the point of being pruney. Sweet and balanced with the malt with virtually no hop flavor. I think I would like this much more if it had some tartness on the back end but Iím not a huge fan of raspberry to begin with.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Pours brown with a medium off white head...smell is heavily fruited with raspberry...taste is overly sweet...almost sickeningly so...this was not enjoyable at all...it really almost made me gag...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Nice dark brown color with a bit of foam and a small amount of lacing. Rasberry undertones with a solid malt flavor as a base.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 Quite red for a brown ale but then again it is a rasberry brown. Head even has a red tint to it. Aroma is quite strong on the rasberry end. Iím not sure Rasberry & Brown ale is a good combination. To me the flavors seem to clash. Palate is a too dry, tart & bitter for my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Got a pack of this wonderful beer for my birthday. It poured a beautiful dark maroon with a thick foamy head, beige in color but with a little hint of pink. This is one of the first beers I was really studying as I drank it. The flavor is of chocolate and a hint of coffee, the rasberry came in a little later but was not as strong as I had expected. Very smooth and balanced.


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