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RATINGS: 684   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mensch (262) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bright reddish-brown. Strong raspberry aroma up front, not too sweet, not sour. The flavor follows the same path, with a pleasing acidity. Fairly light bodied and no hint of a brown ale here. Very well made, but too one-dimensional for me.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nero55 (797) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle. Ruby with small off white head. Aroma of raspberries, toasted malt, and light sweetness. Light/medium body, raspberries upfront, toasted malt, light tartness, and a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malvrich (56) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2015
A: Pours a light brownish orange pink. Almost the color of gasoline. slight beige almost pink head with little retention or lace. Great clarity. S: Tart berry smell, almost wheaty scent. maybe a whiff of hops but no "brown ale" smell. T: Follows the nose closely but with the berry tartness upfront and pronounced. Not sweet. Also no real flavors I associate with brown ale. Tastes good though. Different in a good way. M: Light body and nice dry finish. Very drinkable and kind of nice. I’m surprised to say I like it. O:

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4489) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
355ml bottle pours a ruby color with a bubbly off-white head that settles quickly leaving some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is predominantly raspberries with some hints of grains and grass. Taste is tartness from the raspberries and a light grainy malt sweetness with a grassy hop bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation that leaves a nice tickle on the tongue. A decent fruity brew that hits the spot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3498) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
bottle. Beautiful deep mahogany with small head. Chocolate malt aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate in the flavor as well. Raspberry is present, but not as forward as I expected it to be. Pretty nicely balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
julesjis (201) - Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Aroma is like "My Little Pony". Flavor is definitely fruity, sweet and a bit tart. It felt slightly over carbonated. Even though the fruit flavor is raspberry, there was a cranberry like tartness to it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (971) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Unexpectedly nice fruit beer. Pretty ruby red color. Raspberries galore in the nose. Taste was earthy and not too sweet which is what I feared. Still plenty of raspberry to go around. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoroZillacate (5) - - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
A pleasantly bubbly beer to start. Write a sweet taste that’s fits well with this style.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Huhzubendah (2755) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA. Ruby body with a frothy head. Sweet berry and fruit punch aromas. One dimensional and lackluster. Too sweet and imbalanced. No nuance or depth. Precisely what I have come to expect from a large brewery contantly making mediocre beers at exorbitant prices. Fail.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (314) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2015
BBD 4/12/15. Pours a lovely clear medium garnet. Normal head volume, below normal lacing and retention. Rich nose of raspberries over a light sweet base that seems biscuit in nature. Light body with just a hint of smoothness. Well carbonated with a lively effervescence from the onset through the finish. The flavor profile is where this ale shines. Intense raspberry with a subtle underlying biscuit sweetness that never becomes prominent enough to balance the tart raspberry. It never hits the puckering stage, but the effervescence maintains a prickly tartness on the tongue. The finish is somewhat crisp and leaves you with a tart raspberry flavor. This one avoids the sickeningly sweet fault of many raspberry ales.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
Depending on light and angle; dark copper or red. Minimal head. Aroma of raspberries and twigs. Nice light ale with true raspberries. Have to see if they do a sour version!


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