New Belgium Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

Reviewed by on December 11, 2014 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Belgium Brewing

  • Origin: Fort Collins, CO, US

  • Rated On: December 9, 2014

  • Best Before: April 12, 2015

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Fruit Beer

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Fast on the heels of the Accumulation winter beer from this brewery, we now have a fruity Christmas offering, if the wreath on the label is to be taken with any amount of gravitas.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, very bright red brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and moderately bubbly pink-tinged head, which leaves some low-lying frothy sea spout lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of sharp, rather fruity raspberry puree, lightly toasted caramel malt, a hint of acrid yeast, and the slightest of earthy, weedy hops. The taste is still pretty indulgent in the realm of fruity raspberry goodness – all over top of a bready and mildly chocolaty caramel maltiness, subtle earthy yeast, a touch of oily nuttiness, and well dialed-out weedy, leafy hops. The bubbles are generally quite frothy, but innocuous all the same, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and more or less smooth, a slightly airy creaminess arising on its very own terms. It finishes still overbearingly fruity, the raspberry character reminding me of enough lifelong summertime experiences to really just forget anything else that is particularly seasonal about this affair.

When I hear the word ‘frambozen’, even though I’m familiar with its Flemish origins, back in my native tongue, all my feeble brain gets is ‘frozen raspberry’, from a sense of place and rudimentary French knowledge. Anyways, a nicely fruity brown-ish ale, the balance evident after more than a few mere sips.

Brady White

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