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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.


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 (5575) - 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 (1457) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Nice and a very flavorful beer. Pours red in color. Fruity aroma. Rasberries. Very good. Full flavor. Pleasant to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Beautiful red color with a slight tan head. Fruity aroma with the smell of fermented rasberries, and a touch of sourness. Full palate with hints of chocolate and rasberry mixed to gether with a pleasant sourness. Very good and drinkable. Many thanks to TChrome!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12113) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Small beige-pink head atop a deep ruby-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, definitely raspberry, some butter. Taste reflects the beer's origins -- there's both the sour/sweet raspberry, and nuttiness. Watery medium body, with medium acidity, that hides the alcohol remarkably well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BURGUNDY COLOR EVER. That color hints at the raspberry flavor that is about to beat you over the head. The first smell is very vanilla and is very inviting. If you don't like fruit flavored beers then stay far away from this one. Really far because it will use Jedi mind tricks to impose its raspberry will on you, that's how prominent the raspberry flavor is. Starts with a citrus bite with a nice raspberry juicy finish. Medium/full body, decent head. All told it is a very nice beer and even the strong raspberry flavor seems balanced. I've never had a better raspberry flavored beer. Take it home for my son's birthday on Dec. 25. A perfect after-dinner seasonal beer.


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