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RATINGS: 672   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2003
You'd be hard-pressed to find something wrong with this magnificent brew. Similarly, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better beer with which to pass a winter's eve. Gets better as it warms!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1949) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Ok I tried this beer a year ago and didnt like it much..but thought I would give it a second look. I poured this into my Chimay Chalice..very nice looking ruby/port colour..small light brown head..goes fast leaves some lace. The aroma of this beer is heavenly..like fresh raspberries..not artificial at all. Mm quite complex flavour..yes the raspberry is there but theres more sour plums and even lemon and a certain spiciness. Very nice mouthfeel little sour at the end..but a great aftertaste. Very nice beer I am happy I tried it again..this time in a glass

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2003
What is this crap? Just because it's a fruit beer doesn't mean it has to be so damn sweet. And I know NB is capable of so much more. Just too damn sweet and syrupy.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Faint aroma. Alluring color but no head. I can taste some decent brown ale before the raspberry deluge. Not bad and not as sweet as I feared, but I miss malt and hops. I'm so limited. Thanks for this new flavor, Fly.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlabastorJones (806) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
I am not a fan of beer with a tart finish, it doesn't leave searching for that next sip, not New Belgium's finest effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Pours dark brown with foamy white head, and the lace looks good. Aroma is mainly raspberry (obviously) with just hints of that brown ale poking through. Flavor is nice, raspberry brings itself out first, then mellowed out into some maltiness. Nice creamy palate, leaving a pleasant fruitiness throughout the mouth. Very nice fruit beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 1, 2003
A more subdued raspberry flavor when compared to the Framboise Lambic. Very refreshing after a strong ale or meal.

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.


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