Grab A Beer: New Belgium Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

November 19th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Beer Reviews

New Belgium Frambozen
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%

Intro:While the 2° Below is New Belgium’s main winter seasonal, the Frambozen is also a special release that rolls out in the winter. This would be a great one to share with the family for dessert at Thanksgiving.

Description: Pours an absolutely beautiful dark cherry reddish brown with medium white head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma is of fresh raspberries. Lots of raspberry flavor in the taste is balanced by a lightly sweet caramel base. Does a great job of letting the fruit come through, but keeps it from being overwhelming. The stronger than expected bitterness to finish would be better off toned down. This is definitely different than your average winter release, and I’d gladly put a sixer in my fridge. If you could cut down on the bitterness, this would make a seriously kick-ass ice cream.

Verdict: Buy It
Availability: Six packs retail for about $7.99; a great value.

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Commercial Description/Press Release:

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.

In the interest of full disclosure to satisfy the FTC’s new law, this review was of a sample bottle received from the brewery.

Thanks to Hops and Barley on Flickr for the photo link.


7 Comments so far ↓

  • Michael

    “In the interest of full disclosure to satisfy the FTC’s new law, this review was of a sample bottle received from the brewery.” LOL!

  • Pat

    interesting, if anywhere near as good as lost coast’s version im all for it

  • Chris

    Is this available anywhere yet? I checked a few places but haven’t found it. Still need to check Bottleworks though.

  • Kevin

    I picked up a bottle last night @ Beer Nuts in Eugene. I have also seen 6 packs at a few grocery stores.

    It should be easily available in Seattle.


  • Kevin

    @Pat: I tried the bottle I picked up over the wekend. It is similar to Lost Coast’s Raspberry Brown, but a little more bitter and much more tart. It is probably as sweet as LC’s ale, but the tartness makes it seem less so. LC’s ale also has a more concentrated berry flavor.

    Personally, I prefer LC’s beer better, but Frambozen isn’t bad by any means. And being available in a six pack is a nice touch.


  • Russ

    I tried one last night and had to pour it out. It’s just not for me I guess….. not balanced enough…

  • Ryan

    @Chris – If you are in the Seattle area, I got a sixer at Central Market.

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