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RATINGS: 693   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.


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 (3188) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5536) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Thnaks to TChrome for this one! Very dark brown with maroon mixed into it. Medium tan head. Nose is odd. It kind of malted and also has some wekaer fruit notes. Kind of disappointing. The flavor is much more interesting. Definite raspberry and other berry flavors. Some thin nut brown ale notes. Some sweet-sour notes for sure. Good beer, but this could have been a little better. Worth trying, though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Not quite the experience I had with the New Glarus Ras, but pretty decent never the less. Ruby red color, translusent, small white head. Aroma is a mix of nuts and raspberries. Flavor is mostly raspberry. Nut brown ale becomes almost nonexistent once you take a sip. Delicous never the less, but I think with a little more brown ale qualities it could be a classic. Sweet fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
You cannot help to be knocked on your butt by the rasberry aroma. Pours big, light pink head with big bubbles that stuck around. First taste is chocolate covered rasberries. I doubt this is 7% but if it is, nicely done. Mellow fruity light finish. Nice lacing throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Had this on tap this year for the first time. Much stronger lambic raspberry flavor than in the bottle. Slightly over medicine taste, but cannot beat this for the price. UPDATE 12/2007: In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Nice raspberry aroma, tart chocolate taste, but nothing special this year. Was I on acid then I previously gave it a 4.2?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Bottle pours a Chocolaty Red with a fine creamy bubbley head. Head and, especially the lacing seem, to be very pronounced, not wanting to part with the glass. Aroma is of cherries and chocolate, much like chocolate covered cherries I would say. Taste is crisp, of cherries and a light maltiness. Not overly sweet at all, very well balanced. Suprisingly, the long lasting cherry finish gives way to a light sour smackdabble (in a good way). 2003 was much better than 2002, 2002 being way way overly sweetened. A well built Fruit flavored Brown Ale. Can ya dig it?


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours a deep ruddy amber with a large, well structure pink/cream head. The head subsides at a moderate pace, leaving slight brussels lace. Nose is fresh, pungent berry, somewhat shy of a true Belgian like Rodenbach, but has more to it than your mass-produced beers from say Blue Moon/Coors. Taste is sweet berry with a sour edge--more conservative than the Belgians it imitates. Dry clean finish. Quite tasty but without the impact of an import.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2004 from a bottle into a snifter: this one looks good when poured, nice creamy head (with a pink-tan hue) the beer has a brown ruby color to it....definately a raspberry nose and a touch of malt. tastes better in the snifter then the bottle. way too strong in the bottle (rasperry taste) in the snifter the flavors come together making more balanced beer. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. im not huge on these beers but i liked drinking one of these for something a bit different.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2625) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Medium size pink/white head, lasting with spotty lacing. Clear ruby red color. Mild fruity, raspberry nose along with a bready aroma. Med/light body.Mildly tart raspberry flavor, some yeastiness.Thin , dry finish. On the edge.


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