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RATINGS: 698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 7, 2005
Very well done, nice earthy rasberry flavor, Medium body is full but not cloying. Some chocolate and malt flavor mingle with the fruit flavor for a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Thanks to Buck Dich for this one. Pours a fabulous clear ruby color with medium off-white head. One of the rubyest beers Iíve ever seen....as ruby as my wifeís toenails. Aroma of malt, raspberries, toffee, cabernet, earthy peat. Tastes malty, with a firm raspberry element in addition to toffee, brown sugar, and almonds. Nice density of palate strength, and extremely fruity and smooth without being too tart or too sweet. The beer is not over-tart, and it is balanced effectively. Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again.....New Belgium is the Belgium of America. Jeeves, get me another, my good chap!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
From csbosox in a trade.Pours dark cherry-brown,bottle overflowed upon opening.Nose is very nice,jeez,the raspberry here is fantastic,just like a freshly made batch of Grandmaís jam.You know,I am glad that this wasnít super sweet like I thought it might be.Nice brew,thanks Chris

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
Dark crimson red with a small white head. Aroma is fresh rasbperry and candy. Also some chocolate. Flavour is syrupy raspberry chocolate. Not enough sour to balnce this one as its more like a port.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle. Nice dark garnet body with a thin foamy head. Nose is very toasty and peanut like. The first tastes I notice are burnt malts, dried fruits and berries, light sweetness, some bitter, and chocolate. I tried really hard to find something good to say about this, but I couldnít find anything. Overall just a very burnt taste with some raspberry thrown in. Now, on to the drain...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Dark ruby color with a big beige head. Aroma of raspberries.Flavor is sweet, sour, malty and the raspberries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
An interesting concoction here. Pardon my spelling. A very earthy nutty raspberry aroma. A reddish to almost purple appearance. The flavor is dominated by raspberries and it was hard to really taste anything else. Not a great beer but not bad one either. Might go good with chocolate cake or something.

   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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7333) - 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.

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