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RATINGS: 655   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.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Pours dark ruby, not much in the way of head. Huge raspberry smell, and that's all I really taste. The raspberries overwhelm everything. Very carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2003
I'm not a big fan of New Belgium, but I have to say I'm quite pleased with this beer. Aroma is raspberries at first, followed by a biscuity malt. Its a clear ruby brown with a slightly pink head. Flavor is a nice blend of raspberry, biscuit, chocolate and malt.. Body is medium-full, bigger than I expected. Overall this is a very well balanced beer - not a lot of complexity but good harmony between the fruit and base beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Seadonkey (5) - Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2003 does not count
The beer smells great. Fruity aromatic goodness. Smells strongly of raspberry. And the color is -- you guessed it -- raspberry. It's a deep brownish red. Very tangy and sour, not much sweetness here. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Familiar rasbery wheat aroma.Beatiful Garnet appearance with pinkish tan head.Good balanced syrupy rasberry sweet and tart flavor.Lingering dry rasberry flavor.A pleasant suprise to see on the selves of Bev Mo.This would go well with turkey.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2004 Rated November 2004
Pours a rich brown color, that shows brilliantly clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer is topped by an initially froth light brown head that seems to fade pretty quickly. The aroma is an interesting mix of raspberry and brown ale aromatics. The raspberry is not overwhelming, which I greatly appreciate as I am in the mood for a beer. The aroma is sour, with malty notes of toasted biscuits, and has raspberry notes of course, which do come to dominate as times goes on.

Surprisingly to me this beer is pretty dry, this is quite refreshing as I was expecting more akin to the Transatlantique in sweetness, I am so happy to be surprised. The beer is lightly sweet up front and moves to a solid hit of raspberry in the middle through to the finish. All in all this is a pretty straight forward beer, it has a nice dry raspberry character that is accompanied by a slight acidity that is probably from the raspberries.

Rated October 2003
Deep red clear color, pours with a tan head. A strong aroma of raspberry emanates from this glass, dominates all other aromas that might be in here. Quite dry, not sweet at all. The raspberry flavor is there, lightly acidic as well, and a slight tannic astringency in the finish. This is quite nice, I like that this is not over-sweetened and syrupy, like so many other fruit beer interpretations. There is a good amount of body that helps to carry this beer. 3.7/8/4/7/4/14

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Deep reddish-brown color. Raspberrys are very present in the flavor and aroma. Semi-sweet but not too tart. A soothing mellow relaxing beer. The delicate nature of this beer means it needs to be enjoyed Semi-cold. A great dessert beer. Not overwhelming nor complex. Still gives a warming jolt to the senses as the cooler season appears.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Dark red mahogany color with a large white/pinkish head that quickly dimishes to barely anything. Rasberries with tones of chocolate and malt in the nose. Overall a spritzy, fruity beer but fairly smooth as well. Flavors of berries, chocolate and malt abound. The finish is subdued with a mild hint of tartness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2003
i love it the perfect combination of brown ale and fruit beer..plus the higer alcohol content is well hidden the dark abemr red colour is amazingly clean and the taste is smooth and fruity crisp and heady best served cool but not cold to taste the true brown ale cheers

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is raspberry and slightly malty. A medium bodied fruit beer. The raspberry flavor is fairly pronounced. There is also a very slight lambic like quality to this beer. The berry flavor really dominates and it a mix of fruit sweetness and a lambic like tartness to it as well. The brown ale qualities are present as well, but they are far in the background. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. It’s a interesting beer, but it a little to sweet for my tastes. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thegreenrooster (3241) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Sweet and syrupy. This is one of those beers you have to twist the bottle to get the beer to pour. Nice color and aroma though. Raspberrys were used out the wazoo on this beer. The first sniff and taste is raspberrys. Like old gradmas jam. Overall haveing one,just one, of these on a cold evening is not all bad. This beer would suit anyone who likes a really sweet wine.


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