In this special beer blog, we are going to get into their holiday beer from New Belgium Brewery. It is their Frambozen Ale. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this mountain area craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium Brewery. Let us get into this American Brown ale.
It has a clear ruby-red color when held up to the light. The smell has a heavy sweet raspberry notes. The taste has a sweet malty with raspberry wine notes. The brown ale calms wine notes. The aftertaste has a sweet raspberry finish. It is a nice sipping but kind of drinkable beer for the holiday season.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Flemish for “raspberry,” Frambozen is our big, luscious celebration of the ruby-red fruit. We discovered the perfect marriage between the fruity complexity of northwestern raspberries and the rich chocolate, roasted maltiness of a Brown Ale. Frambozen pours a warming, deep red of seasonal festivity.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
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.
Here is their website and twitter:
In the end, I have been wanting to try this so many seasons. I miss it season after season. I saw it on the shelf this winter season. I knew I had to pick it up right away. I knew the raspberries would go over pretty well with the brown ale. This is before trying this brew. I love the nice color. It has that Flemish Brown color but it is not a sour. I love it. There is a nice balance from the raspberries and the brown ale. It kind of has a little wine like notes which is a little unique. This is by far the best winter seasonal on the market this season. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser