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RATINGS: 651   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.


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.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - APR 4, 2004
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear dark reddish-brown. Aroma is lightly malty with alot of cherry, raspberry notes. I find it a little to fruity for me to drink on a regular basis but it might be nice around the holidays for a special occasion.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Magenta-brown body with a thick and soft red-tinted beige head. Fresh raspberry aroma but little else. Fruity, tangy flavor balanced with some nice maltiness that keeps the fruit from overpowering. Medium body without the detracting soapiness that I find in many other fruit beers. This is one of the better raspberry beers that I've had.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2004 does not count
Wonderful new ale. The color is really NICE- a beautiful reddish brown that was almost crystal clear. I felt like I was drinking an exclusive edition of a new ale at the normal price of most american lagers. It's very raspberryey but without any sweetness and a rich maltiness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
9/2003. Bottle. Pours dark brown with a reddish glow at the edges. The aroma is a blast of raspberry, like cracking a jam jar. Flavors are initially tart, berry like. The malts are quite hidden. The flavor turns sticky and sweet, like that jam I was talking about. I just don't like fruit beers, I guess...this one is no exception.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
What a cool beer! Pours a reddish brown with a slightly pink head. Raspberries dominate the aroma, but its not overly sweet in the nose. The palate is raspberries up front witha subtle brown ale finish. An excellent seasonal

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Best by 5/26/04 – Pours a reddish brown with a very nice looking pinkish rocky head. The body in the glass looks more ruby then on pour suggests. The aroma is raspberries with some other sweet malt aromas hanging around way in the back. Raspberries dominate. The flavor is sweet raspberries with a sour kick at the end. Body is medium with a lingering raspberry finish. A nice beer but it needs a bit more than just the raspberries to balance things out.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
It's not as good as other fruit beers I've tried. The rasperries are strong, but do not blend well with the beer. The flavor really makes you pucker, and not in a good hoppy sort of way. It's definately not the flavor you are expecting when you take your first sip.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Pours clear deep red with a medium tan head. Raspberry aroma (surprise?). The description mentions an "exceptional depth of flavor" but I didn't quite find that- the pleasant raspberry flavor hides a touch of chocolate and finishes dry with just the right alcohol touch. Lighter flavor and body than some of the better fruit beers but still satisfying. Thanks hopsrus!


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