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RATINGS: 652   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2003
While I have to say this is the best beer I've sampled from New Belgium, I was still not overly impressed. Another instance where Old Belgium beats New Belgium hands down. Leave the framboise to the Trappists...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2003
What a wonderful little brew with an exceptionally looking color with its dark syrupy brown with deep raspberry red tints and glowing even deeper when up to the light. Small off-white that fades fast and there isn't any real lace being left, which is fine by me cuz the glowing reddish quality is superb to see. Like looking into the heart of a raspberry jelly jar. Speaking of which, thats the smell of this delightful treat, fresh raspberry jam, albiet a bit subdued, but its there and freshly so. Some alcoholic hints and malts find there way past the raspberry jam aroma making this smell like a raspberry popsicle dipped in a alcoholic punch. Taste is exactly like the smell, a good amount of raspberry jam, somewhat lightly flavored and easier then I was hoping. Its not the raspberry tart of the New Glarus variety, not by a long shot, but this about being more calm and subdued, or at least it comes across that way. One dimensional in its character with easy fruity tang of raspberry jam all over the place, a touch of the alcohol pokes through along with a pleasant little orange flavor and finishes lightly of banana and sweet malts. Feel has a creamy start with a little fizz in the midway point with light carbonation and finishes with a tingley little raspberry zip and slight fruity dryness. Super drinkable and a nice little treat, would make for a great after meal dessert drink. Finished it no time and wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2003 BB27Apr03: Evil,red,beer with a milky,white,head. Leaves ring,decent retention. Very big,malty(nutty,sweet)/raspberry aroma.Also a musty basement smell. Mouthfeel is thick and well carbonated.Medium body. Sweet raspberry juices start,followed by sweet,malt and more berry. The malts are very defined and rule.The raspberry is well balanced with the big malts. Finish has a last raspberry flavor,and lingering bready/nutty malt flavors.This beer lasts way past it's expiration date.It even tastes like it could just now be in it's prime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
The color was beautiful, a crimson colored nectar that I could smell even at full arm's length. The nose was of rich, jammy berries with a perfect background of bready malt. The flavors danced in my mouth: a rich yet perfectly acidic effervescence accompanied flavors of sweet, ripe berries and a perfectly balanced caramel-malt richness. Icredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
Pours a dark amber brown with a thin tan head, almost no lacing. Strong raspberry aroma. Not bad for a fruit beer. Actually probably one of the better ones I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Sort of like Newcastle ... but much improved and mixed up with some delicious raspberries! The nose smells like a pop-tart and the taste is pretty close. Tastes like it is aged in wood, or maybe the just throw the whole raspberry bush in there. An excellent fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3/15/03: bottle. thanx to Legion242 for the fab hook up! sexily radiant, deep ruby colour accompanied by lots of light tan-pink head. thick lacing left on my glass. nutty brown raspberry nose. wonderful tastes of raspberry with a hint of wood. tart sour finish, i dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8023) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Thanks to AustinMilbarge for this one. This is one of the better Fruit Beers I have tried, mostly because the fruit flavoring is not as in-your-face. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin light beige head and almost no lacing. Aroma is all raspberry. As mentioned, the raspberry flavor is less pronounced than in similar beers, it does taste more like a beer with raspberry added than a raspberry beer. Despite not being particularly strong, this would probably get old after the first couple. Finish is smooth but gets a little sour toward the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Dark red/brown. I liked this one a lot for a fruit beer. The rasberry flavor wasn't too sweet or fake, and there was still quite a bit of malt presence. Great dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Very dark ruby color, strong raspberry aroma, but the flavor fell a bit short. I really appreciate that the fruit is not as strong in the flavor as is typical of a traditional fruit beer, but the strong malt presence in the brown ale is not really of my liking - caramel and toasted malt with an unusual bitter finish that is only egged on by the presence of the raspberries. The fruit/malt balance here is remarkable, bu the taste isn't quite right. This would be a great beer if the recipe were tweaked just a bit.

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