ClubGonzo's Frambozo

Frambozo by ClubGonzo, Fruit Beer, 4.7% ABV, 19 IBU

Finally I’m testing an award winning beer! ClubGonzo’s Frambozo won the 3rd prize in Bjorleik 2012, so this one ought to be good!

It pours a medium amber to red cloudy body, with a small, frothy head that isn’t that long-lived and doesn’t leave much lacing on my glass. But the colour is off-white with a light-pink hue, that’s cool.

ClubGonzo's Frambozo

The aroma is of moderate strength, and is an interesting blend of slightly overripe fruits and berries. Tart raspberries is absolutely the dominant part (I’m not sure how I can get overripe and tart notes at the same time, but anyhow), also some acidic citric notes and white wine. Yes, white wine.

The initial taste is light sweet and light acidic, the finish has even more acidity. It’s so tart and acidic that a sip of water feels sweet and sugary compared to this stuff. The flavour profile is simple and very fruity, although the flavours aren’t that strong. Again the raspberries are the most obvious, then citric notes.

The mouthfeel is quite light, thin and watery, and the very soft carbonation doesn’t fit the soft drink-like feel of the flavours.

Conclusion: Too much tart fruit, too little beer. ClubGonzo should be glad that I wasn’t in the Bjorleik tasting panel.

Aroma:      6
Appearance: 3
Taste:      5
Palate:     2
Overall:    9
Ratebeer score: 2.5


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One comment on “ClubGonzo's Frambozo

  1. Some comments: first of all, this beer was much better fresh. Secondly, I honestly admit that this is not my best beer. 😛 However, homebrewing competitions aren’t “hedonistic” tests; they’re more like dog shows where it’s all about brewing beers in style with the announced competition parameters. In this case, the “task” was to brew a Belgian-inspired beer with a max OG of 1050, which really cuts down on your choices when it comes to Belgian beers. Since I knew the majority of the field would (due to the narrow restrictions) brew wits and Belgian pale ales, I decided to “fake” a framboos and that was obviously to the jury’s pleasure. 🙂 But it’s really more a novelty beer than anything I’d hold up as a great brew, so your rating isn’t far off my own thoughts about it. 😛

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