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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - 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 (2777) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
tasty, medium bodied brew witha a nice raspberry flavor. I'd suggest having it w/ cheesecake

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Very tasty beer. I liked the berry flavor with the maltiness. Good medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
This one poured a beautiful cherry hue with a thin tan head. Aroma is a bit sour, raspberries, graham crackers, yeast and malt come to mind. Body is thin to medium and smooth yet effevescent. Flavor is tart and full of raspberries with an acidic finish. Overall not outstanding and rather weak in aroma and flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5939) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Poured a reddish copper color with a fizzing tannish, almost purple head. Tart raspberry nose. Taste begins with chocolate, nuts, and caramel malt and finishes tart raspberry. Very interesting, this is a very enjoyable fruit beer. Thanks TAR!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2003
I am not one to jump at fruit beers, but I had to try this beer. Poured with an almost brownish/purplish head??? optical illusion? Aroma of raspberries jumped down my nasal passages ! Flavor was light and pleasing with notes of chocolate malt and raspberries finishing into a light (but hoppier than expected) ending. Nice, but seems like the mouthfeel could be just a little more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1609) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
The Frambozen poured a dark ruby red with a big pinkish-tan, creamy head that lasted for the entire time and laced the glass on the way down. It had a tart, fruity nose. The taste followed suit - a big tart raspberry initial taste that mellowed as the beer warmed, with a smooth malt finish. This is one of my favorite holiday beers. The fruitiness is not overwhelming, and it's very drinkable. I have noticed that the taste can vary from batch to batch as well as draft vs bottles - some are fruitier and tarter than others.


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